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No. 1 Fan

This year I celebrated my first Mother's Day, and reading Steve Rushin's tribute to mothers of sports legends made me reflect on my hopes for my little girl (Air and Space, May 9). Whether she excels at sports, physics or photography, I want to be standing on the sideline cheering for her. Thank you, Steve, for honoring all the mothers who have done the same.

Michelle Browning Coughlin, Louisville

In his column Rushin glorifies Steve Young's mother for accosting a football player who tackled her son. Does Rushin also support hockey dad's beating up on peewee hockey players after the game? As a peewee football coach, I sure hope not.

Roger Bastedo, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan

Skin Game

Rick Reilly's Ink-Stained Wretch (Life of Reilly, May 9) was absolutely hilarious on the subject of athletes and their absurd tattoos. In the words of singer Jimmy Buffett, tattoos are a "permanent reminder of a temporary feeling."

Todd Taylor, Trumansburg, N.Y.

Reilly needs to recognize that for the 18- to 30-year-old crowd, our generation is defined by hip-hop culture. Along with that comes, yes, tattoos and that street attitude. He can either embrace it and get with the times or find himself irrelevant and replaced by someone who is more hip.

Jon Gerber, Whitehall, Pa.

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